“A man has lost his life in violent circumstances”
Zahir Visiter, 24, was discovered with multiple stab wounds at Elton Court, Cunningham Place, Westminster, on Thursday evening.
Paramedics rushed him to hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
It is understood the refugee, originally from Chechnya in Russia, had been waving off his parents and two younger brothers after they enjoyed a holiday in the capital.
The two knifemen ran Central London Mosque – in Regent’s Park – before changing clothes and blending in with worshippers.
They then fled the mosque.
Armed officers put the building and surrounding area on lockdown at about 6.15pm and were seen searching nearby locations for Visiter’s killers.
A pal of Zahir said he was well-liked and was fondly known by people in the area.
He told The Daily Mail: “He’d had an argument with someone which might have been a girl. He also had a watch on which I believe was worth £60,000 which was hanging off his wrist as if they had tried to pull it off but had given up.
“But everyone loved him around here, he was full of life. It seems to me these days life is just worth nothing, life has become cheap here.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told Daily Star Online that officers were still hunting the knifemen.
Commander Simon Rose of Scotland Yard yesterday said: “A man has lost his life in violent circumstances and we are working to identify the perpetrators as quickly as possible.”
Enquiries into the murder are ongoing.